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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Southwestern Sweets

When I was a teenager I visited Taos, New Mexico, and immediately fell in love with all the local art.
The colors! The jewelry! The weaving and pottery and paintings!

So today I thought we'd celebrate all things South West, Native American, and totally awesome:

(By Cake Heart)

This cake is singing my song, you guys. My favorite colors AND jewelry and flowers? Win!


Hold onto your socks, because I believe this next one is entirely fondant free!

(By Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes)

I could be wrong on the basket weave, but the flowers and woven tier are definitely all buttercream.
And I can't stop staring. (How? HOW??)

[Update: Confirmed by Queen of Hearts: it IS all buttercream!]


When you manage to pry yourself away, check out this sweet little western number:

(By Steel Penny Cakes)

So elegant! But the rope edging and little fence sections add just the right rustic touch.


More impressive buttercream; I think the only fondant here are the rope edges and belt buckle:

(By Michelle's Patisserie, featured here)

The piped barbed wire is - dare I say it? - adorable.


More jaw-dropping pattern work:

(By Hey There, Cupcake!)

That's got to be printed, right? On edible paper?


Although this one's all hand-pieced fondant:

(By Butterfly Sweets)

Those little turquoise beads!! Fabulous.


Here's a baker that would make an excellent faux finisher:

(By Ciccio Cakes)

That's some of the most convincing wood and embossed leather I've ever seen! If you look closely, you'll see there are even tiny stitch marks on the "leather" edges.


Looking for rich color? Then look no further:

(By Cakes by Kristi)

WOW. And look at the sides of that bottom tier: see the sections sticking out? It's 3D!


Maybe you're after a softer palette, though:

(By Avalon Cakes)

Dreamy soft pastels! Love the crochet look of those Dreamcatchers; I have to assume they're molded sugar paste?

(And can I just say how exciting it is to see cakes I can't fully explain? So many cool techniques out there these days!)


Completely crushing on this modern take:

(By Caketini)

It's simply succulent! (Eh? EH??)


And finally, a whole trio of more perfect pastels:

(By Peridot Sweets, featured here)

So much to love, but my favorites are that braided cord and the gold-and-turquoise stones. Gorgeous!


Hope you all have an equally gorgeous Sunday!


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Friday Favs, 7/24/15

A few of my favorite new submissions this week.


Could we pause for a moment to appreciate the fact that someone was PAID to do this?

Paid. Actual money. Like, it's their JOB... to do that.




Sure, you might think the baker would know better:

But let's face it, anyone who claims that's a hockey stick (with a white puck, natch) has already lost touch with reality. Maybe she figured you were washing your little white hockey balls.



"So you want 'Happy Birthday, Matthew?'"

"Yes, but it's 'Mathew' with one T."

"Got it!"



Technically correct, but I still say the deli sticker guy needs an intervention:



Granted, not all bakeries are familiar with Bastille Day, the French National Day celebrated every July 14th. After all, it's a French thing.

Er, I did mention it was French, right?

Ok, good.

You can look now:

Best. Deal. Evahhhh.


Thanks to Cait H., Bridgett B., Heather J., Lisa B., & Nancy E. for pardoning our French.


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